Teachers Service Commission normally extends their kind arms towards the teachers who works those regions duped to unfavorable to reside. The commission does so by offering an extra pat in terms of hardship allowances. However, there criteria that is used to determine whether a locality quality to be classified under Hardship areas. Amongst the conditions that are considered include the following:

Lack of or unavailability or inaccessibility to food

Inadequate transport and communication network

Limited basic social services and amenities

Persistent harsh climatic conditions like flooding, landslides and drought

Insecurity and high possibility of security threats.


Teachers working in these areas face a number of challenges. Lack of water,flooding and hostile living conditions are some of the difficulties these teachers have to endure in order to prosecute their mandate.

Late 2014, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, SRC, then led by Sarah Serem reviewed hardship allowance to be paid at a flat rate for all equivalent job groups. The Commission effectively abolished the pegging of the hardship allowance as a percentage of basic pay.

The table below summarizes the monthly hardship allowance rates that are paid to teachers working in hardship areas; per job group:

S/No.GradeTSC
Scale
Former
Job
Group
Hardship
Allowance in
Ksh. Per month
1B55G6,600
2C16H8,200
3C27I10,900
4C38J12,300
5C49K14,650
6C510L17,100
7D111M27,300
8D212N27,300
9D313P31,500
10D414Q31,500
11D515R38,100

TSC designated hardship areas.


TSC has designated various areas as hardship. The areas considered as hardship include those that are prone to terrorism, famine and aridity. Currently, teachers teaching in schools located in some parts of the following counties receive monthly hardship allowances.

S/No. Area/County
1Garissa county
2 Isiolo county
3Kilifi county
4Kwale county
5Lamu county
6Mandera county
7Marsabit county
8Narok county
9Samburu county
10Taita Taveta
11Tana River county
12Turkana county
13Wajir county
14West Pokot county
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